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We're kicking off our Allstate Sugar Bowl coverage today with a piece I wrote on how Michigan first-year offensive coordinator Al Borges adjusted to the personnel he inherited, namely Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson. Borges, who has run a pro-style offense for decades, employed more of a spread-type scheme with players who had thrived in the spread the past two seasons. The unit had some ups and downs but ended on a strong note against Nebraska and Ohio State.
Robinson also faced some hurdles in the transition, namely in a revamped passing game.
From the story:
The Wolverines were no ordinary rehab project and Robinson was no ordinary quarterback. Add in the fact that Michigan had both thrived in and recruited for the spread offense, and it left Borges with a challenge unlike any in his extensive career as a coordinator.
"I'm not a spread coach," Borges said. "I've been a pro-style coach forever. But you've got what you've got, and it just so happens we've got one of the most prolific running quarterbacks maybe in the history of this game. In the past, we'd make adjustments to who the quarterback was, but not these kinds of adjustments.
"In that sense, heck yeah, it's been huge."
The process has tested both Borges and Robinson, among others, and resulted in some growing pains along the way. But Michigan has gradually formed a new and effective offensive identity as it prepares to face No. 11 Virginia Tech in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3.
Check out the entire story on Borges and Robinson by clicking here.
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